Last August, we had to sit down and look at our finances. As much as I love homeschooling, my blog wasn’t making enough money yet to provide the extra financial support our family needed.
I desperately didn’t want to stop homeschooling, so I began looking for some extra options that would bring in a little extra income.
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VIPKID became a top runner, and I decided to give it a try. Why? Because I could teach early in the morning while my children slept and I wouldn’t have to leave my house.
In about six months, I consistently teach three classes a morning and bring home around $700 dollars a month. This is a number that worked for me, as my blog does provide income too and I wanted to keep working on it.
The benefit of VIPKID is you can open as many slots as you would like at times that work best for you. (I don’t function well at night, but that is an option that is available too.)
But before you can start teaching, you must pass the interview……and this is how to do it.
What do you need?
For the mock class, you will need headphones. These are the ones I use, but you can look around for others.
Once you pass the mock class, you want to get a bulletin board set and an orange t-shirt. This way, you look great for your final interview.
Preparing for your Mock Class:
You are going to be nervous for your first class, so you want to be very prepared!
Begin by watching each of these videos. For each slide write down what the presenter is saying. What questions are they asking? What hand motions did she use? What props did she use? If you have a puppet I would highly recommend using that. I didn’t, so I used a stuffed animal and covered my mouth with it while the stuffed animal talked.
Once you have jotted down notes, go back to the slides and practice. You want to get to the point that you don’t have to look at your notes for help.
When you are comfortable with that, schedule your appointment. You can either do a recording at your own convenience or do a live interview. I did the recording and that worked for me.
If you choose to do a recorded video, you need to watch this!! Very important!!
When you get ready to record your interview you need to do a couple of things.
- Get your camera up. I use a large plastic box and set my computer on top of it.
- You need light. They will mark you down if there are shadows on your face. I have a window behind my computer, and I also have a lamp without the shade behind my computer. This has really helped.
- Make sure you are far enough away from the camera so that the “children” can see your hand movements.
This is what my “classroom” looks like right before I begin. I have my props sitting out, light on, and computer up on a box.
You have to use TPR – put your finger on your mouth when you are pronouncing new words. Put your hand on your ears when you want them to say something.
If you are recording, make sure you wait for the fake child to speak. Say what they should be saying in your mind. Also, pretend that they made a mistake at some point. The person scoring the interview will want to make sure that you know how to gently correct them.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions and we can chat.
You’ve Got This!!!!